Two women have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for drug trafficking at Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos.
The agency commander at the airport, Ahmadu Garba, named the suspects as Ebunoluwa Adebayo, aged 60 years and Ayisat Amodu who is 59 year old ingested substances which tested positive while undergoing screening.
Ebunoluwa, according to him was about to board the plane to the US, while Ayisat was heading to Saudi Arabia.
The NDLEA commander said that Ebunoluwa who claimed to be selling provision at Ikorodu ingested 83 wraps of substance suspected to be heroin, weighing one point 105 kilogramme.
Ayisat who is a food seller in Lagos, according to the commander, ingested 25 wraps of substance suspected to be cocaine weighing 275 grammes.
“Adebayo Ebunoluwa Mercy was arrested while boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York, while Amodu Ayisat Grace was caught trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight on her way to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The cases are under investigation,” Garba said.
“I am a divorcee who sells groceries for survival. Things became rough and tough for me when I lost my capital due to family problems. It has been my dream to travel to the United States in search of greener pastures. My involvement in drug trafficking was an afterthought. My intention when I got my visa last year was to go and work to take care of my needs without being a burden to anyone,” Adebayo was quoted by the NDLEA as saying in a statement issued on Saturday.
Amodu stated that she was offered a trip to Saudi Arabia “and a handsome reward and I fell for trick. I only swallowed 25 wraps of the drug.”
Speaking on the arrests, the NDLEA boss, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.) said, “This move by drug cartels to recruit grandmothers as mules is very disturbing, shocking and shameful. The moral emptiness exhibited by the suspects must be condemned by all. A situation where grandmothers have become a bad influence on their children and grandchildren is highly regrettable.”